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Marshall Seaver is being haunted. In the first installment of this chillingly compelling trilogy, 16-year-old Marshall discovers that something beyond our world is after him. The eerie clues pile up quickly, and when people start dying, it's clear that whatever this is - it's huge.

Marshall has no idea what's happening to him, but he's soon convinced that it has something to do with his best friend, Cooper, who's been missing for over a week. Together with Coop's sister, Marsh searches for the truth about what happened to his friend, ultimately uncovering something bigger than he could ever have imagined.

©2010 D. J. MacHale (P)2010 Brilliance Audio

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  • Benjamin
  • Silver Spring, MD, United States
  • 06-04-13

Why doesn't Kvothe just use sympathy already?

Referencing the Kingkiller Chronicle as Podehl's other work. He did a good job narrating. He has a good voice for male coming of age novels. 'Nuff said.

Probably my fault for not studying up MacHale's other work, but there was nothing about it in the description. For those not generally familiar with his work, this is definitely young adult fiction. I didn't know this so not long into it I found myself thinking, "what's with all the horror movie and awkward teenager cliches?"

After I realized that the book is for the young and I forgave all the trite stuff it actually turns out to be a pretty good story. There are some very enjoyable set pieces where the "monster" attacks. These are cinematically described and quite vivid. MacHale's words and Podehl's cadence during the mysterious revelation scenes is also quite engaging.

Unfortunately, one tool the author beats to death is Marsh's uncanny inability to predict his scene. I'm sure MacHale does this so the reader's surprise matches the character's, but it is so consistent that it's distracting. If he thinks something will go well, it becomes a catastrophe; if he thinks he's in trouble, he is saved; if he thinks she hates him, he gets a kiss. It is more predictable than gravity. Usually, there is very little contextual reason that Marsh should have his misconception. MacHale simply describes the misconception then "surprises" you with the opposite, over and over.

My hangup on the cliches and that particular device aside, I think I would recommend this book to a teenager looking to read a little light horror. The action is good; the mystery is good; and the story moves along at a steady pace.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Edge of my seat ride

Kept me waiting for what's next, great listen...
Highly recommend for anyone who needs to keep awake for the next twist

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  • Simon
  • Innaloo, Australia
  • 09-25-12

Listen and enjoy a good story brilliantly read

Would you consider the audio edition of The Light to be better than the print version?

Never read the book but very glad to have listened

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Light?

Some great plot turns

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

It's was one of the books that i worried about ending as I was enjoying it so much

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Quite enjoyed it

A fun creepy journey with interesting characters, an intriguing plot, and a good performance. Would recommend. :)

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my heart was pumping

I love this book, it kept me up at night and got even paranoid lol

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The Light is a horror story teenage boys

I purchased this book through Audible and I have attempted to listen to it at least four times, but I have been unable to tolerate for more than an hour before stopping. The Light if the first book in the Morpheus Road Trilogy and it is a horror story directed at teenage boys with a limited vocabulary. It may be a good book for that demographic but the characters are not likable and the story did not engage my interest. I was unable to complete this book because, for me, it was like listening to fingernails on a chalk board.

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  • Gerald
  • Nesconset, NY, United States
  • 02-01-13

Not so good

What disappointed you about The Light?

Like a bad Stephen King. I did not like story line and ending. I don't even want to read the next book

Would you ever listen to anything by D. J. MacHale again?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Bad voices

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike
  • 03-08-11

Simply Amazing!

A brilliantly read audio book that was written by a class author who does not get enough recognition for his work. A spooky story read by a brilliant voice artist.

The story is well-written and extremly well-acted (or voiced, depending on how you look at it) by Nick Podehl! Generally slow during the first two chapters, the pace moves along quickly and it has ended up being my favorite book by D. J. MacHale, whose books I have all read.

I'd recommend it to any and all, even if you have never heard of D. J. MacHale or Nick Podehl!